Compare 2018 Audi A6 vs 2018 Lexus GS vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2018 Audi A6
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2018 Lexus GS
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2.0 TFSI Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A6 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 25 34 $46,222 $49,700
A6 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 25 34 $46,222 $49,700
A6 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 31 $48,268 $51,900
A6 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 22 31 $48,268 $51,900
A6 2.0 TFSI Sport FWD 25 34 $47,616 $51,200
A6 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro AWD 22 31 $49,662 $53,400
A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 20 29 $52,546 $56,500
A6 3.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 20 29 $52,546 $56,500
A6 3.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 20 29 $52,546 $56,500
A6 3.0 TFSI Sport quattro AWD 20 29 $53,940 $58,000
S6 4.0 TFSI Premium Plus 16 24 $66,868 $71,900
S6 4.0 TFSI Prestige 16 24 $66,868 $71,900
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GS 300 F Sport RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GS GS 300 F Sport RWD 21 30 $47,447 $51,100
GS GS 300 RWD 22 32 $43,254 $46,510
GS GS 350 AWD 19 26 $47,025 $50,565
GS GS 350 F Sport AWD 19 27 $50,161 $54,005
GS GS 350 F Sport RWD 19 27 $48,561 $52,260
GS GS 350 RWD 20 28 $47,333 $50,895
GS GS 450h F Sport RWD 29 34 $63,824 $68,680
GS GS 450h RWD 29 34 $59,181 $63,635
GS F RWD 16 24 $78,447 $84,350
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AMG E 43 4MATIC Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class AMG E 43 4MATIC Sedan 19 25 $66,588 $71,600
E-Class AMG E 63 S 4MATIC Sedan 19 25 $97,092 $104,400
E-Class AMG E 63 S 4MATIC Wagon 16 22 $99,464 $106,950
E-Class E 300 4MATIC Sedan 21 29 $51,569 $55,450
E-Class E 300 RWD Sedan 22 30 $49,244 $52,950
E-Class E 400 4MATIC Convertible 20 25 $63,984 $68,800
E-Class E 400 4MATIC Coupe 20 26 $57,102 $61,400
E-Class E 400 4MATIC Sedan 20 27 $54,777 $58,900
E-Class E 400 4MATIC Wagon 19 25 $58,637 $63,050
E-Class E 400 RWD Convertible 20 26 $61,659 $66,300
E-Class E 400 RWD Coupe 20 26 $54,777 $58,900

Pricing

Invoice Price

$46,222
$47,447
$66,588

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$49,700
$51,100
$71,600

Monthly Payment Estimate

$828 / month
$852 / month
$1193 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.2
8.3

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Audi S6 stands with an impressive hand: quality interior, great performance, functional shape. It's possible to find better examples from other cars, but they all cost significantly more. The 2018 Lexus GS is a worthy rival to its German foes in terms of luxury and handling, but its engine lineup is falling behind the competition. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.

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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

25 mpg 21 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

34 mpg 30 mpg 25 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Midsize Cars Midsize Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

97.2 99 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.5 57.3 57.8

Second Leg Room (in)

37.4 36.8 35.8

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 42.3 41.3

Second Head Room (in)

37.8 37.8 38.2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.3 55.7 56.9

Front Head Room (in)

37.2 38 37.9

Second Hip Room (in)

- 54.1 -

Front Hip Room (in)

- 54.5 -

Exterior Dimensions

Length, Overall (in)

194.2 192.1 194.6

Height, Overall (in)

57.8 57.3 57

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.7 62.6 62.9

Wheelbase (in)

114.6 112.2 115.7

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.8 72.4 73.2

Track Width, Front (in)

64.1 62 64.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- 5.1 -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.1 18.4 13.1

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.6 14 14.2

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13 12.2 14.2

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.8 17.4 23.8

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

39 34.8 41.3

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P245/45HR18 P235/40VR19 P245/40ZR19

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/45HR18 P265/35VR19 P275/35ZR19

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3858 3805 4145

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 19 X 9 19 X 9

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 19 X 8 19 X 8

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

180 80 180

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- - 850

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

273 @ 1600 258 @ 1650 384 @ 2500

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122 3.0 L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

252 @ 5000 241 @ 5800 396 @ 6100

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 24 21

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

34 30 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

25 21 19

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.19 4.60 5.50

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.23 3.13 3.07

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.52 1.86 2.31

Trans Type

7 8 9

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 1.23 1.21

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.75 4.06 4.93

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.19 2.72 3.33

Trans Order Code

NA NA 421

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.39 0.82 0.86

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.06 1.46 1.66

Trans Description Cont.

Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.51 1.00 1.00

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.69 0.72

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A6 Lexus GS Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Body Style

Sedan Sedan 4MATIC Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.3 7.4 8.4

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

-

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

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Overall Side Crash Rating

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Side Barrier Rating

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Side Barrier Rating Driver

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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

-

Rollover Rating

-

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